MULTAN: Pakistan on Sunday morning resumed executions after an almost a month-long moratorium by hanging two convicted murderers in Multan Central Jail, officials said.
“Frooq Babar and Karim Nawaz were condemned to death by a court of law for homicides perpetrated in 1988 and 1999 respectively. They were hanged at dawn after we have received their death warrants,” told jail sources.
The bodies will be handed over to families after meeting all mandatory legal requirements, an official said.
Pakistan had imposed a one-month moratorium on executions during Ramadan.
“It is a tradition that nobody is executed in the (Islamic) fasting month of Ramadan. We were ordered to continue this tradition this year too,” a senior police officer said.
Executions in Pakistan resumed in December, ending a six-year moratorium, after Taliban militants gunned down 154 people, most of them children, at a school in the restive northwest.
Hangings were initially reinstated only for those convicted of terrorism offences, but in March they were extended to all capital offences.
Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, many of whom have exhausted all avenues of appeal.
Critics say the country’s criminal justice system is marred by police torture and poor legal representation, meaning many of those now facing the gallows have not had a fair trial.